Spring 2015

The Home and the World: Women and Gender in South Asia

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-207  |  Political Science, as POSC-207  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-207


Krupa Shandilya (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 207, ASLC 207, and POSC 207.) This course will study South Asian women and gender through key texts in film, literature, history and politics. How did colonialism and nationalism challenge the distinctions between the “home” and the “world” and bring about partitions which splintered once shared cultural practices? What consequences did this have for postcolonial politics? How do ethnic conflicts, religious nationalisms and state repression challenge conceptions of “home”? How have migrations, globalization and diasporas complicated relations between the home and the world? Texts will include Salman Rushdie’s Shalimar the Clown, Ram Gopal Varma’s epic film Sarkar and Partha Chatterjee’s The Nation and Its Fragments.

Spring semester. Professor Shandilya.

SWAG 207 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM MCLS 230
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM MCLS 230

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
South Asian Feminisms Duke University Press 2012 Ania Loomba, Ritty A. Lukose Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2019